Specsavers Ayr has invested in cutting-edge 3D scanning technology which allows optometrists to perform a form of eye test which views eyes in more detail than ever before for all customers in the community.
The team's state of the art OCT (optical coherence tomography) scan, which only takes a few seconds, allows opticians at the High Street store to take a deeper look into the eyes and even help to detect glaucoma up to four years in advance.
Given that nearly half of all sight loss is preventable, an OCT scan means conditions can be managed before they get worse and can help prevent potential sight loss.
Eyes on Ayr care
Peter Carson, store director at Specsavers Ayr, said: ‘With this investment, our team now have the ability to enhance our services to our customers by helping to detect and manage conditions, with a level of diagnostic capability which would have previously needed a visit to the hospital.
‘We’ve always taken pride in being able to put a focus on the importance of eye health right in the heart of the town centre but with our new OCT scan technology, we can continue to reduce stress put on the NHS and continue to deliver quality services to the people of Ayr.’
How does OCT technology work?
An OCT scan uses light to take more than 1,000 images of the back of your eye and beyond, looking right back to the optic nerve and creating a cross-section view.
It gives your optician an incredibly accurate image of your eye and its structures, allowing a much more thorough check of your eye’s health. All OCT images will be stored so they can note changes over time – a real benefit to the monitoring of someone’s overall eye health.
The ‘silent thief of sight’
Glaucoma is a condition that can creep up on you without any signs or symptoms. In fact, for many people, glaucoma is caused by a painless rise in pressure inside the eye.
Peter said: ‘This rise in pressure can cause gradual but irreversible damage to nerve fibres and may lead to tunnel vision if left untreated. Fortunately, there are treatment options for glaucoma, and the earlier it’s picked up, the better.
‘Early detection means that treatment with prescribed eye drops, laser treatment or surgery can be started before you experience any significant sight loss — and receiving an OCT scan at Specsavers in Ayr is a key way to help detect any early changes.’
How do I book this scan?
Thanks to this latest investment by Specsavers Ayr on High Street, the scan is available to customers for £10 as part of an enhanced sight test and can be requested when the appointment is booked or when a customer arrives in store.